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Smithsonian Staff Handbook on Equal Opportunity

An eighteen chapter Equal Opportunity Handbook which promulgates guidance for managers, supervisors, and other employees was published. It consolidates under one cover all guidance for affirmative action planning, sexual harassment policy, special emphasis programs, statistics, and complaints operation.

Program Accessibility

In fiscal year 1987, the OEO developed the first Institution-wide Accessibility Plan through information supplied by the major organization units in their accessibility plans. Accomplishments based on the plan included:

• Publication of a docent training package with a manual entitled [[underlined]] Part of Your General Public is Disabled: A Handbook for Guides in Museums, Zoos and Historic Houses [[/underlined]] and a videotape "Disabled Museum Visitors: Part of Your General Public";

• Consumer Products exhibition with touchable objects and hands-on experience;

• Training for staff, volunteers, and docents on Accessibility for Disabled Visitors;

• Publication of the Resident Associates' Newsletter on audio tape;

• Publication of a completely updated "A Guide for Disabled Visitors";

• Completion of the National Survey of Accessibility in Museums;

• Sign Language interpreters for programs and special events;

• Beginning Conversational Sign Language classes for staff and volunteers; and

• Partially captioned Public Service Announcements for the Festival of American Folklife.
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